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[bih-spred] /bɪˈsprɛd/
verb (used with object), bespread, bespreading.
to spread over (a surface); cover (usually followed by with):
a table bespread with fine linens.
Origin of bespread
First recorded in 1350-1400, bespread is from the Middle English word bespreden. See be-, spread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He got out the box of ointment and bespread the strips of torn handkerchief.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The greater part of my way lay near the sea shore, which was bespread with the wrecks of vessels.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for bespread


verb -spreads, -spreading, -spread
(transitive) to cover (a surface) with something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bespread

c.1200, from be- + spread (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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